The University of Michigan’s Africa Week brought together leaders in higher education, industry, and government for a series of inspiring virtual discussions, from February 15-19, 2021. The conference event addressed key opportunities and challenges that will shape Africa in the coming decades, and outlined several directions to expand and strengthen the collaborations between U-M and present and future African partners.
STORIES OF IMPACT
University of Michigan students quickly learn that they are connected to a global Wolverine community boasting over 600,000 living alumni, and students have relied on these networks for invaluable support both during and after their time at U-M. At the School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management Program, a group of alumni fully embrace that Michigan spirit and have turned their passion for U-M into support for students.
In December, Leaders & Best caught up with several University of Michigan alumnae working in the international startup space to learn more about the tech industry overseas and how U-M helped lay the foundation for their careers in entrepreneurship.
The story of Skylar Herbert, a joyous and bright five-year-old girl who became the first child in Michigan to die from coronavirus complications. It was April 2020, the beginning of the pandemic. Skylar’s parents, LaVondria and Ebbie Herbert—both first responders in Detroit, Michigan—admitted their daughter to the hospital. What all started with a severe headache eventually resulted in a positive test for COVID-19. At a time when children were thought to be unaffected by the coronavirus, the news was both shocking and devastating to the Herberts.
University of Michigan alumni Jonathan and Kelly Opdyke were born and raised with Michigan in their blood and a love for the Motor City. Recently, they invested in the revitalization of Detroit through gifts to U-M’s School of Dentistry and School of Education.